Sunday, June 3, 2018

3rd after pentecost year b - mark

Mark 3:20-35
Jesus went home;
20and the crowd came together again, 
     so that Jesus and the disciples could not even eat.
          21When Jesus' family heard it, 
               they went out to restrain him, 
                    for people were saying, 
                         “He has gone out of his mind.” 
                    22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 
                         “He has Beelzebul, 
                              and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”
23And Jesus called them to him, 
     and spoke to them in parables, 
          “How can Satan cast out Satan?
               24If a kingdom is divided against itself, 
                    that kingdom cannot stand.
               25And if a house is divided against itself, 
                    that house will not be able to stand.
               26And if Satan has risen up against Satan and is divided, 
                    Satan cannot stand, 
                         but is coming to an end.
          27But no one can enter a strong man’s house 
               and plunder his property 
                    without first tying up the strong man; 
                         then indeed the house can be plundered.

28“Truly I tell you, 
     people will be forgiven for their sins 
     and whatever blasphemies they utter;
          29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 
               can never have forgiveness, 
                    but is guilty of an eternal sin”—
                         30for they had said, 
                              “He has an unclean spirit.”

31Then Jesus' mother and his brothers came; 
     and standing outside, 
          they sent to him 
          and called him.
32A crowd was sitting around Jesus; 
     and they said to him, 
          “Your mother and your siblings are outside, asking for you.”  
33And Jesus replied, 
     “Who are my mother and my siblings?”  
34And looking at those who sat around him, Jesus said, 
     “Here are my mother and my siblings!
          35Whoever does the will of God is my sibling and mother.”

Queeries for the text:
Who do we demonize? (CN: transphobia/transviolence)
What are the demons Jesus needs to cast out of us?
Are v. 23b-26 supposed to be parables?
What if they just figured out when the strong man was going to be gone?  Would that have worked?
What does it mean to "blaspheme against the Holy Spirit"?
What kinds of blasphemies are forgivable? 
How do we try to restrain Jesus?
Is Jesus rejecting "traditional" family to create queer family?
What are Jesus' family values? (Thanks, River!)

What are your queeries?

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